Cello Concerto No 2. Op. 126. Score.
Edited by Victor Ekimovsky. Explanatory article by Alexander Ivashkin.
Concerto for cello and orchestra (with 2 harps and brass reduced to 2 horns) in three movements:
- Allegretto attacca
Piccolo, Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets (B flat and A), 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon (= Bassoon III)
2 French Horns
Timpani, Tambourine, Side drum, Tom-tom, Side drum di legno, Whip, Bass drum
Xylophone, Harp (minimum of 2 specified)
1st Violins (16), 2nd Violins (14), Violas (12), Cellos (12), Double-basses (10).
Begun in spring 1966 at Moscow and completed on 27 April 1966 at the Oreanda Sanatorium, Yalta.
Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich
This publication is based on the 1985 edition of the score (Collected Works, Vol. 16, Muzyka Publishers, Moscow) collated with the author’s manuscript (Dmitri Shostakovich's Archive, rec. gr. 1, section 1, f. 106) and 1970 lifetime edition (Sovetsky Kompozitor Publishers, Moscow). When necessary, the piano score of the Concerto was also used—three of its editions (1969, 1976, and 1986).